According to a report from a few days ago, popular messaging client Snapchat was hacked in which the hackers managed to get their hands on some 4.6 million user names and phone numbers. The hack did not appear to be malicious in nature and basically served as a warning to Snapchat over its alleged vulnerabilities and exploits that other hackers could use. It was also a follow-up to a warning of said vulnerabilities that was relayed to Snapchat, but apparently the company did not do enough to patch those security holes up. Snapchat has recently released a statement regarding the hack and promised that they will be releasing an updated version of the app soon that will fix the problem that led to the hack in the first place.
According to Snapchat’s blog, “On New Years Eve, an attacker released a database of partially redacted phone numbers and usernames. No other information, including Snaps, was leaked or accessed in these attacks. We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.” Oddly enough Snapchat did not seem particularly apologetic over the hack, but we guess the important thing is to get the issue fixed and hope that Snapchat users are forgiving.
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